Dattner Architects to Redesign Kingsbrook Medical Center into Affordable Housing Complex in East Flatbush, Brooklyn

Aerial rendering of Kingsbrook Estates (Courtesy of SYNOESIS and Dattner Architects)Aerial rendering of Kingsbrook Estates (Courtesy of SYNOESIS and Dattner Architects)

­Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center’s North Campus will soon be replaced by a two-building affordable housing complex in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Known as Kingsbrook Estates, the new development will comprise 266 units and a diverse assortment of community facilities with a focus on health and wellness, employment, and comprehensive care.

Designed by Dattner Architects, Kingsbrook Estates is part of the latest phase of Governor Cuomo’s Vital Brooklyn initiative, which promises to create 4,000 units of affordable housing in Central Brooklyn.

“The transformation of the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center North Campus is the latest step forward in our effort to revitalize central Brooklyn with a $578 million investment in affordable housing,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “The new Kingsbrook Estates will be an outstanding development that delivers top-quality affordable housing and much needed health and social services to residents of central Brooklyn.”

As part of the master plan, three existing buildings will be demolished and replaced by two residential structures. The Leviton Building, another existing structure within the campus, will remain and be repurposed for residential use.

Outdoor amenities will include a community garden, kitchens, exercise equipment, and children’s play areas. Amenity areas within will include teaching kitchens, laundry rooms, bike storage, resident lounges, and a nurse’s station that will provide on-site services and counseling space. A 7,000-square-foot PACE Center will also provide specialized care for elderly residents and members of the community.

Additional members of the project team include Monadnock Development, CB-Emmanuel Realty, and Brooklyn Community Housing and Services. Terrain, a landscape architecture firm, was commissioned to design outdoor components within Kingsbrook Estates.

Rendering of outdoor areas within the Kingsbrook Estates residential complex (Courtesy of SYNOESIS and Dattner Architects)

Rendering of outdoor areas within the Kingsbrook Estates residential complex. Courtesy of SYNOESIS and Dattner Architects

Further details regarding the mix of apartment layouts, apartment pricing and levels of affordability, or construction schedule have not yet been revealed.

“As a 20-year resident of the East Flatbush community, I am pleased that the Cuomo administration is making this investment,” said Dattner Architects principal John Woelfling. “As an architect in the community, my firm and I are excited to help transform the Kingsbrook campus to include much needed affordable, inter-generational, and supportive housing. Our site plan is a combination of adaptive reuse and contextual design that will integrate with and enhance the community.”

Rendering of Kingsbrook Estates (Courtesy of SYNOESIS and Dattner Architects)

Rendering of Kingsbrook Estates. Courtesy of SYNOESIS and Dattner Architects

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8 Comments on "Dattner Architects to Redesign Kingsbrook Medical Center into Affordable Housing Complex in East Flatbush, Brooklyn"



  2. Is the hospital closing or just getting smaller?

  3. charles campbell | December 31, 2019 at 10:09 am | Reply

    The Hospital has a lot of underutilized space,

  4. Angela Cunningham | January 2, 2020 at 5:34 am | Reply

    What’s going to ppl working at the hospital, every where its apt buildings putting up but where are the jobs for thousands of ppl who already lives somewhere and need a job.

  5. That’s great but what happen to all the workers who worked there in the hospital,we always forget about reality..

  6. The “plan” sounds so good….however we know that all this development in brooklyn is Gentrification at its finest. Hospital has underused space, but instead of utilizing the spaces for much needed medical care and to upgrade this hospital to provide cutting edge and innovative medical services the plan is to provide “affordable housing” which we see time and time again is not affordable to the people who already reside in the neighborhood, its just another way to change the demographics. Making all these mega structures with no real ingrastructral upgrades, to seweage, electricity and transportation needs. This is not for us. Why are they not revitalizing areas like midwood with the mega mansions no high rises there……always in communities of color…..demolitioning peoples homes buying them out and chasing them out to bring in the type of people they want. People need tk wake up. Its not about Republican or Democrats, they all operate based on the special interests that fund their campaigns. People need to start holding all these politicians accountable and stopped being fooled by the slight of hand.

  7. I hope the AMI in the units are 20, 30,80.for family and individuals, we always see 40,60 130 AMI all the time

  8. Bernard Alexander | February 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm | Reply

    I so agree with Lisa all this building in the black community and we can’t get an apartment in the buildings we already don’t have space for parking now where will the new Set of ppl park more congestion,down size of the hospital and god knows what’s next buying up houses and rip them down at the sametime we living here get no benefit from all this construction

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